Former Thailand coach Tim Lewis impressed with Gilas’ depth

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Mall plans to debut for old mule farm

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Tenants’ names are still under wraps, but the developer of a former mule ranch at the southern gateway to the city plans to unveil plans next week for the upscale mall project. The layout for The Commons has changed some since the project was announced last March, but the basic premise has not. “It’s a mixed-use sort of urban village. It’s like The Grove except it has an office building, a hotel and residential units,” said Jeff Lambert, the planning consultant for property owners Jay and Joyce Rodgers, whose Monteverde Development Co. bought the 23-acre pasture in 2004. “It’s a pedestrian open-air plaza – that’s the Grove-like part.” A stylish Los Angeles shopping and entertainment mecca designed by Caruso Affiliated, The Grove adjoins the Farmers Market and features scores of shops, restaurants, a movie theater and dancing fountains modeled on those at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, plus scores of shops and restaurants. Lambert declined to reveal the architect for the ranch property but said it is not Caruso; Caruso’s office confirmed that. The adjacent Santa Clarita Athletic Club continues to be part of the project and should operate with no interruption in the meantime, Lambert said. The site’s visibility from Interstate 5 could snag the developer some potentially out-of-reach tenants. “There are several restaurants and retailers we would like to have here, but we don’t meet their demographic criteria with population – we do with median household income,” said Carrie Rogers, Santa Clarita’s economic development manager. “However, they’re making exceptions with the Smiser mule property with its freeway visibility to Interstate 5.” More than a quarter-million people go by on I-5 each day. With an annual median household income of $94,300, Santa Clarita residents soon will have more places to spend excess cash. Bristol Farms plans to break ground soon on its first Santa Clarita store, the anchor of a new shopping center on Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway. And earlier this week, owners of the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall said they plan to expand the shopping center by almost one-third – to 1.3 million square feet – and build more parking garages. No new anchors are due, but Macy’s plans to add 50,000 square feet of floor space to its existing 145,000 square feet. As with many booming suburban towns, Santa Clarita’s influx of tracts has drawn retailers whose projects have erased the vestiges of an agrarian past. Back in the 1970s, the mule ranch was home to trucking company owner Sam Smiser’s herd of up to 30 signature mules, renowned for pulling floats in the Tournament of Roses parade. judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The roughly 600,000-square-foot project would include a hotel and office building, each up to 10 stories tall, a two-story anchor store, a multitude of shops and restaurants, a fitness center and 1,000 condos. Starting the week of April 2, community stakeholders – including nearby residents – will be invited in small groups to view the preliminary plans. A lone mule still grazes on the property and will be moved elsewhere when construction begins. Monteverde would need a conditional-use permit to erect 10-story buildings, which would exceed the 55-foot allowable height limit for the area. Lambert said the plans include solutions for flooding issues that could occur on the acreage, which is in a flood zone. He plans to meet with county flood control officials. The plan calls for roughly 5,000 parking spaces, mostly subterranean. last_img read more